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    by Published on 09-21-2018 03:20 PM
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    Invites are going out for a Nokia event to be held in London on Thursday, October 4th. It could be the long-rumoured flagship Nokia 9, but is more likely to be this:



    The second-gen Nokia 7 Plus, which both Android Police and its source are calling the 7.1 Plus, will add the dreaded notch and chin combo to last year's FHD+ 18:9 display, ZEISS-powered cameras and "clean" Android One experience. It's expected that this year's update will be powered by an upgraded Snapdragon 710 processor and have RAM and storage options of up to 6 and 128 GB respectively.

    Nokia has gotten a bad rap in this part of the world for its locked bootloaders and ad-riddled offerings on Amazon. But in Europe and Asia the storied brand of yore seems to be making quite the comeback. Die-hard Nokia fans can read more at the links immediately below.

    Source: MySmartPrice via Android Police

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    by Published on 09-19-2018 02:15 PM
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    Dutch tech site Nieuwe Mobiel—which, as you can probably guess, translates as "New Mobile" in English—somehow managed to get a hold of what they're claiming are official press renders of the forthcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. And here they are:





    As an added bonus, the devices are shown in Google's own fabric cases, which made their début alongside the second-generation Pixels last year. Expect the phones and their cases to have additional colour options. But don't expect the rumoured no-compromises (no notch) Pixel 3 Ultra; the rising consensus seems to be that it's nothing more than fanboy fantasy.

    Source: NieuweMobiel.nl via XDA

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    by Published on 09-17-2018 03:00 PM
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    Here's Phil Schiller talking about AirPower, Apple's multi-device inductive charging mat, at the iPhone X event last October. You may have noticed that there was zero mention of this product during the iPhone and Apple Watch event last week; what you maybe didn't know is that Apple has also scrubbed any and all mentions of it on Apple.com—and .ca, etc.

    So what happened? Apparently there are ongoing technical issues holding up its development. These are only rumours, mind you, but they come from respected sources. Here's Jon Gruber of Daring Fireball:

    Something about the multi-coil design getting too hot—way too hot. There are engineers who looked at AirPower’s design and said it could never work, thermally, and now those same engineers have that “told you so” smug look on their faces.
    In addition to thermal issues there are problems with connectivity as well. According to Sonny Dickson the feeling among Apple employees working on AirPower is that it's "doomed to failure". More at the links immediately below.

    Sources: Daring Fireball, Sonny Dickson via Wareable

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    by Published on 09-14-2018 03:00 PM
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    I'm just now learning about a Google-branded accessory that could be announced alongside the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL next month. Some clever people over at XDA have been assembling a convincing body of evidence that supports a new wired (or wireless) charging dock, bearing the name "Pixel Stand".

    The first and latest hint is the screen grab you see above, showing what you'd see on your Pixel when it's docked. An XDA expert enabled this new UI on their own device by finding and activating some flags deep within the code of the latest Google app (v8.14). Selectable options spill over onto a second screen, and include the following:

    Weather information
    Set a reminder
    Set a timer
    Play a game
    Make a phone call
    Read my messages
    Play music
    Set an alarm
    Set a timer
    Play news
    Explore what’s new

    As for the name Pixel Stand, turns out it's hiding in plain sight, also in the latest Google app. Here's the snippet:

    Code:
    <string name="trusted_dock_action_text">I Agree</string>
    <string name="trusted_dock_cancel_text">No thanks</string>
    <string name="trusted_dock_message">Your Assistant can use your personal info to make suggestions, answer questions, and take actions for you when your phone is locked and on your Pixel Stand</string>
    <string name="trusted_dock_title">Get personalized help when your phone is on your Pixel Stand</string>
    To get the technical details check out the two links immediately below. I myself am not sure how much I'd want to interact with my phone while it's charging, but I'm all in on a fast wireless charging dock, if only for the convenience of it!

    Sources: XDA (1) (2)

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    by Published on 09-11-2018 03:00 PM
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    CNET has, somewhat suspiciously, managed to scoop every other tech blog with this, an alleged standby screen from the forthcoming OnePlus 6T. They're not saying how they got it, which leads yours truly to suspect that this "leak" is actually the latest guerrilla marketing move by Carl Pei and co.

    There's the icon indicating the presence of an in-display fingerprint scanner—which we already know from last week's box leak—but also the unusually specific time and date above that. Could it be that the official unveiling of the 6T will take place at 11am on Wednesday, October 17th? Well, duh...

    Source: CNET

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    by Published on 08-22-2018 03:15 PM
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    It's the Jay Leno of phones!

    Some Russian dude has posted photos of—and also photos taken with—the forthcoming Pixel 3 XL from Google. I get the mandate for front-firing stereo speakers but damn, that bottom bezel... Fortunately, there will also be a smaller Pixel 3 for the chin and notch-averse.



    In a second blog post the same person uploaded a gallery of photos taken with the as-yet unreleased phone. They all look fantastic, particularly the subtle HDR effect on shots taken at dusk like the one above.

    But Ivan wasn't done yet (his name's actually not Ivan); he then proceeded to tweet a video demonstrating how the Pixel 3 XL supports wireless charging.

    Google's third-generation Pixels are expected to be announced in early October. At the rate we're going, expect a lot more leaks before then.

    Source: Максим Хорошев (1) (2) (3)

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    by Published on 08-20-2018 03:00 PM
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    If XDA got this right, you're looking at what's going to be the next volley in the escalating arms race on smartphone cameras (or at least lenses). Expected to be made official in the next two to three months, the Huawei Mate 20—codenamed "Hima"—will apparently ship with no less than three cameras on board, just like the already-available P20 Pro. Based on leaked firmware files, notable specs are as follows:

    6.3 inch AMOLED display @ 1080 x 2244 pixels
    HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor
    Triple rear camera system
    At least 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
    3.5 mm headphone jack / stereo speakers
    4,200 mAh battery with wireless charging
    Android 9 Pie with EMUI

    As yet there are no specifics on the Mate 10's tri-camera setup, but there's every reason to believe that it would be similar to what's on the P20—that is:

    40 megapixel RGB sensor with OIS
    20 megapixel monochrome sensor with OIS
    8 megapixel telephoto sensor with OIS

    Unfortunately the Mate 10 will also almost certainly ship with an unlockable bootloader, as per Huawei's new policy. If you're still interested, there are more details and renders at the link directly below.

    Source: XDA

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    by Published on 08-13-2018 03:00 PM
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    For those who can remember way back to the fall of 2016, OnePlus saw a literal hole in the market, created by exploding Samsung Note 7 batteries. They decided to put some new internals into their already popular OnePlus 3 and release a mid-season refresh called the OnePlus 3T. Then, last year, they upped the ante a bit with the OnePlus 5T—not only did it run on a newer processor but had a brand-new 18:9 screen as well.

    So here we are in mid-2018 already talking about the successor to a high-end phone that's barely two months old. I tells ya, this business is nuts...

    Anyway, the news: Android Authority reports that Oppo has just announced the R17, shown in the image above. It features an in-display fingerprint reader and, perhaps more importantly, an acceptably-small display notch. Why is this important? Because one, Oppo and OnePlus share the same parent company (BBK Electronics) and two, previous Oppo phones—the R11, R11s and R15—have designs virtually identical to the OnePlus 5, 5T and 6. Google those Oppos if you don't believe me.

    I don't think the fingerprint reader is going to make it over to the 6T, and that's not necessarily a bad thing; it likely wouldn't be as lighting-quick as what OnePlus users currently enjoy. But if that smaller notch shows up on the 6T then my patience in holding out for it will have been justified.

    Oh, and fast wireless charging would also be acceptable.

    Sources: Android Authority, Deccan Chronicle

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    by Published on 08-09-2018 07:45 AM
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    Way back in the long long ago my trusty sidearm was a Handspring Treo 270, a forebear to the circa-2003 Palm Treo 600 that you're seeing above. We smartphone users take such things for granted now, but back then having a PDA, mobile phone and Internet connection in a single device was nothing short of amazing. My Treo didn't even have a camera.

    That was, of course, some sixteen years ago—ancient history by mobile tech standards. So it's with some bewilderment that I report to you today on a 2018 Palm-branded device which has just stopped by the FCC and WiFi Alliance.

    The Palm PVG100 was spotted by Android Police this week. PVG apparently stands for Palm Ventures Group; it turns out that TCL, which acquired BlackBerry's handset business in 2016, owns the rights to another storied PDA phone brand as well. And as BlackBerry has migrated to Android this new Palm device will likewise be powered by the world's dominant OS.

    If TCL is really going for the whole nostalgia experience here I'd be very interested in seeing what kind of skin this thing ships with.

    Source: Android Police

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    by Published on 08-08-2018 07:00 AM
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    If you're in the market for a Wear OS-powered smartwatch you'll definitely want to hold off on any purchase until at least September 10th. That's when Qualcomm is expected to announce a much-needed update to its ancient 2100 Snapdragon Wear chipset.

    Tech bloggers like Michael Fisher (Mr. Mobile) are getting "save the date" emails directly from Qualcomm; from the graphic above it's fairly obvious that the event is smartwatch-related.

    I call the 2100 chip "ancient" because it's now more than two years old. If you've ever wondered why Wear OS watches are so huge, with batteries that only last about a day, and why so few of them have extra features like GPS and NFC, you can thank the 2100 for pretty much all of that. Here's a taste of a hit piece that Ron Amadeo wrote on the subject for Ars Technica earlier this year:

    The Wear 2100 wasn't even a good chip when it was new.
    Read the first link below to see why he's right.

    Hard-core watch nerds might lament Qualcomm's missed opportunity in not choosing October 10th for their announcement. But there's no time for a luxury like that—Wear OS needs a better chipset, now.

    Links: Ars Technica, @themrmobile

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    by Published on 07-30-2018 07:15 AM
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    XDA Forums member dr.guru says:

    I present you some pictures of the pixel 3 xl in white, taken by me. Unfortunately the phone doesn't boot because it was remotely erased by google.


    Despite all the redacted info Android Police deems the photos to be legit, and that this is indeed an engineering prototype Pixel 3 XL in Clearly White. The display notch, signature front-firing speakers and dual selfie cams are consistent with what we've already seen—that is, the leaked CAD renders and screen protectors posted here previously.

    The Pixel 3 XL's code name is apparently "crosshatch", and the variant shown in these photos is the SKU with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Additional photos of the leaked device are available through the links immediately below.

    Source: XDA via Android Police

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    by Published on 07-25-2018 07:15 AM
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    In case you missed this in yesterday's news round-up, Evan Blass has leaked no less than three press images of the next Note on Twitter. And here they are:







    Note that the fingerprint sensor is in a more sensible spot, directly below the camera assembly instead of within it, as on the current Note 8.

    Other details about Samsung's forthcoming phablet remain elusive. It will almost certainly have a 3.5 mm audio jack, will probably have a variable-aperture lens on at least one of its cameras, and there might be a SKU with 512 MB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery. We'll know for sure when the Note 9 is officially unveiled on August 9th.

    Source: @evleaks via Android Police

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    by Published on 07-03-2018 06:45 AM
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    Just a few weeks ago I posted about the escalating arms race in smartphone cameras—specifically the rising number of lens assemblies on the backs of premium units. In that post was a photo of the Light L16, a $2,000 USD compact camera capable of stitching together a 52 megapixel image from its array of 16 lenses.

    And wouldn't you know it, Light is making a phone now.

    The photo above is a prototype sporting no less than nine lenses (plus flash), published by The Washington Post in a feature on future phone tech. Depending on your subject as few as five lenses will be needed for any one shot, but the resulting photo will have a resolution of 64 megapixels—even better than Light's current standalone camera.

    The first Light-branded smartphone will almost certainly run Android, and will likely be built by Foxconn, which has enjoyed a strategic relationship with the company since 2015. There's no word yet on when it's coming to market, but look for an official announcement later this year.

    Source: Washington Post via Tom's Guide

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    by Published on 06-29-2018 07:15 AM
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    PCMag had a sit-down with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau at the Shanghai, China edition of Mobile World Congress, where it was revealed that the upstart OEM was not only working on a 5G-capable smartphone for next year, but looking to sell it through a carrier channel in the U.S. as well:

    Lau said OnePlus wants to go with carrier sales because it lets more people in the U.S. have hands-on time with phones before buying them, which so far people have only been able to do at periodic pop-up events.

    Lau didn't specify a carrier, or whether he is talking to more than one carrier. The OnePlus 6 currently works well on AT&T's and T-Mobile's networks, but as the company uses common Qualcomm chipsets, it's conceivable that it could make a phone that works with any US carrier.
    As a OnePlus user myself I'm skeptical about this, and not just because of the company's prevalence towards #HYPE. Since their second release OnePlus has made it their mission statement to sell dual-SIM hardware, and I can't ever see AT&T selling a phone that could undercut their revenue by allowing a SIM from another provider. Also, OnePlus currently sells a single SKU (plus available upgrades for storage and RAM) that supports most networks around the world. Unless their 5G modem is going to support CDMA-based networks as well, they're going to have a fragmentation problem on their hands.

    On the other hand, it was a joy to see OnePlus hardware on display in the carrier shops of Copenhagen; if they can score a similar deal with a carrier in the U.S. then good for them. I just don't think it's ever going to happen.

    Source: PCMag.com

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    by Published on 06-27-2018 10:45 AM
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    For whatever it's worth, reputable leaker Steve H.—aka @OnLeaks—has posted some renders of the new Pixel phones set for release this autumn. Image galleries and video renders of both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can be found on a site called My Smart Price. I've no idea why, either.

    Steve was pretty spot-on with renders of the 2nd-gen Pixels that were making the rounds this time last year; these new renders are also based on factory designs, so there's good reason to believe that they're similarly legit. Those in the market for a new Pixel this year will be pleased to see that the dual front-firing speakers on both models make a return appearance, along with what looks like dual-lens selfie cams. The differences? The Pixel 3 XL will have a 6.2 inch 19:9 display with notch, while the Pixel 3 will have a 5.4 inch 18:9 display and will be notch-free.

    I'm not embedding the video renders here only because they pale in comparison to the stunning high-resolution images. Check 'em out at the first link below!

    Source: My Smart Price News via @OnLeaks on Twitter

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    by Published on 06-26-2018 06:44 AM
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    If you hadn't yet heard, the 9th edition of the original phablet is to be announced at an event in New York City on August 9th, and shipping a few weeks after that. Droid Life has apparently found the device's listing at the FCC, with the model number SMN960F.



    The 'F' in SMN960F likely indicates an international version, so there's no need to panic if you don't see your LTE band in the screen grab above.

    Aside from the expected processor upgrades and the almost certain inclusion of a variable aperture camera system similar to the Galaxy S9, the Note 9 is rumoured to have a whopping 4,000mAh battery and an available version with 512GB of storage—but only for China and South Korea. There will be no display notch, but there will be a 3.5mm audio jack.



    Here's a render of the Note 9 from 91Mobiles and Onleaks. The lead graphic at the top of the post is from another reputable leaker on Twitter.

    Sources: 91Mobiles, Droid Life, @Universeice

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    by Published on 06-21-2018 07:15 AM
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    If Mac Otakara is to be believed, this is Apple's iPhone lineup for 2018. And why should Mac Otakara be believed? Apparently that same site first broke the news that Apple was ditching the headphone jack on 2016's iPhone 7.

    What we're looking at here are dummy units—that is, 3D-printed shells designed using leaks from Apple's supply chain. An updated 5.8 inch iPhone X (centre) will be joined by a 6.4 inch Plus model (right) and a 6 inch budget model with larger bezels (left). We don't yet know what the nomenclature of the phones will be, but it does appear that Apple is going all-in on the notch.

    The dummy units were purchased from an unnamed seller on Alibaba. To give you a better idea of their size Mac Otakara also uploaded a video to YouTube:



    From the video you'll see that the budget iPhone has only a single camera lens assembly on the back. It will apparently have an LCD display as well, whereas the other two models with have an OLED panel like the current iPhone X. According to Forbes the budget iPhone will retail for $400 USD less than the supersized Plus model.

    Of course, we won't know anything for sure until September, but this leaker does have some credibility, for whatever that's worth.

    Source: Mac Otakara (Japanese) via Forbes

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    by Published on 06-18-2018 07:15 AM
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    Before anything else I need to make it perfectly clear that this is only a render. There has been no firm indication from Motorola that their iconic Razr, the impossibly-thin feature phone that conquered the world in the early 2000s, is making a comeback. All we have at the moment are unsubstantiated rumours.

    There is, however, some hard evidence that Moto is planning some sort of foldable smartphone.



    These illustrations, courtesy of the Dutch site Let's Go Digital, are from a filing submitted by Motorola to the World Intellectual Property Organization, clearly showing a device with a flexible hinge and display. Unfortunately that display bends along the device's vertical, rather than horizontal, axis. What difference does that make? Back to the render we go!



    Again, this is only one fan's flight of fancy, and in no way represents any confirmed hardware designs from Motorola. But hey, we can still dream, right?

    Sources: Let's Go Digital (Dutch), T3

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    by Published on 05-29-2018 06:45 AM
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    The only thing I can say with any confidence about this photo is that the timing seems right. Google's third pair of Pixel phones will almost certainly be announced this fall, and it would make sense that their design would be more or less finalized at this point. But the source of this alleged leak? Well, that's another matter altogether. It's literally some random Weibo account (crossposted to Slashleaks) and purports to show the tempered glass screen protectors for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

    If the photos and what's in them are legit, they give us a pretty good idea of what the new Pixels will look like, at least from the front: the smaller Pixel 3 will have a 2:1 screen ratio for the first time and the Pixel 3 XL will have a notch—entirely expected given that notch support will be native to Android P. The top and bottom cutouts would also suggest front-facing stereo speakers for both devices, and perhaps dual selfie cams as well.

    Looking back at last year's Pixel 2s it wasn't until June that we even found out what the codenames were. So this "leak" may in fact be a lie.

    Source: Slashleaks via Android Central

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    by Published on 05-18-2018 06:15 AM
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    HTC has a new flagship on the way, and thanks to master leaker Evan Blass we've got an early look. The trio of images above are apparently official press renders, which Blass tweeted yesterday along with a three-page spec sheet. Some highlights:

    6 inch 18:9 2880 x 1440 pixel LCD display
    Snapdragon 845 Processor
    6 GB RAM / 64 or 128 GB of storage + microSD
    12 MP wide angle + 16 MP telephoto OIS rear cameras
    Dual 8 MP selfie cams
    3,500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
    Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense
    HTC Edge Sense 2 (squeezable frame)

    The leaked documents indicate that the device will be made official next Wednesday, May 23rd, so HTC fans won't have long to wait!

    Source: @evleaks via GSM Arena

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